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Shooting Times & Country

Shooting Times & Country 14-Oct-2020

Since its launch in 1882, Shooting Times & Country Magazine has been at the forefront of the shooting scene. The magazine is the clear first choice for shooting sportsmen, with editorial covering all disciplines, including gameshooting, rough shooting, pigeon shooting, wildfowling and deer stalking. Additionally the magazine has a strong focus on the training and use of gundogs in the field and, because it is a weekly publication, the magazine keeps readers firmly up-to-date with the latest news in their world.

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Future Publishing Ltd
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1 Min.
a grey area

Last week, in Gloucestershire, I had the privilege of seeing something that was once common in England but has tragically become a rarity. The wind blew, the rain fell and, as the flankers’ whistles went, grey partridges buzzed over the Guns, beating them with speed rather than height. To see England’s quintessential gamebird pouring over blackthorns, as they did across the country during shooting’s golden era, is really quite stirring. The sheer number of birds that the shoot’s owner George Ponsonby and his keeper Frank Snudden are able to show is proof of the brilliant things visionary estates can achieve. I often hear suggestions that there should be collaboration between shooters and conservationists. It might be meant well, but as we wandered back across the fields for tea — fields farmed in…

2 Min.
don’t give antis ammo — follow covid precautions

Shooting organisations have reiterated the importance of following coronavirus precautions after anti-shooting campaigners used photographs allegedly showing wildfowlers not observing social distancing. A photograph of a group of wildfowlers apparently not keeping a safe distance from each other was sent to local papers and police in the northeast of Scotland. The image was allegedly taken near Findhorn Bay, which has been the scene of a long-running and acrimonious dispute over wildfowling. The photographer is a local man who has been a longstanding opponent of wildfowling on the bay. The picture was subsequently published in local paper the Forres Gazette and promoted online among anti-shooting activists. “We must all work together to ensure there is no threat to the continuation of our sport” Police Scotland said: “Officers have recently been made aware of an incident…

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common pheasants ‘hybrids’

The gamebird known as the common pheasant is actually three different species of bird, according to the latest science. In recent times the bird has been considered to be a single species, Phasianius colchicus, with varying numbers of subspecies and ‘races’. The picture was further confused by the variety of breeds of bird created for sporting purposes. Now Iranian and Chinese scientists have studied the genome of the bird in the wild and concluded that it is actually three different species. The three species are the Yunnan pheasant, which lives in the Hengduan mountains of south-central China, northern Myanmar and north-west Vietnam; the Turkestan pheasant, which is found in central Asia and around the Caspian Sea; and the Chinese pheasant, which is found across China from Tibet to Mongolia and on into…

1 Min.
no evidence for adder claim

A claim in the Guardian that pheasants are driving adders to extinction has been debunked by experts who pointed out that there was no evidence for the idea. Nigel Hand, a trustee of Amphibian and Reptile Groups of the UK, wrote: “The adder is on the brink of extinction in many sites across Britain… and it is the uncontrolled release of millions of pheasants by shooting estates which is pushing it over the brink. “At this rate the adder will be extinct over much of its range by 2032, so it is essential we take action now to conserve it.” However, both gamebird experts and conservation scientists were quick to dismiss the claim. Professor of conservation ecology Paul Dolman said predation by pheasants “seems a concern for very small snake populations in isolated relict…

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to do this week

Re-equip SUPPORT your beaters and help the Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust (GWT). From 1 October to 20 December, leading net-maker Collins Nets is donating 50p for each of its beaters’ flags sold to the GWT, a charity that offers support to gamekeepers who are experiencing difficulties and their families. F E E D Step up wild bird feeding. With frosts now arriving on a regular basis, small birds will need the calories to get them into good condition for the winter. Fat balls and niger seeds are always popular on the bird table, while adding a little rapeseed to food spun for gamebirds can help our songbirds immensely.…

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events diary

31 OCTOBER INTRODUCTION TO GAME SHOOTING Lady’s Wood, Chipping Sodbury, Gloucester 01454 294546 or email shoot@ladyswood.co.uk 3 NOVEMBER FIREARMS AWARENESS TRAINING (RIFLE) Rifleman Firearms, Hambridge, Somerset basc.org.uk/events 6-7 NOVEMBER INTERMEDIATE DEER COURSE Baronscourt estate, Newtownstewart, Northern Ireland basc.org.uk/events 7 NOVEMBER LADIES CLAY SHOOT Holland & Holland, London shotgunand chelseabunclub.co.uk 10 NOVEMBER WILD GAME MEAT HYGIENE COURSE Herefordshire nationalgamekeepers.org.uk/events 10 NOVEMBER ADVANCED AIRGUN HUNTER Humberside Shooting Ground, Brandesburton, East Yorkshire basc.org.uk/events…